After leaving Vietnam, Barack Obama headed across the water to the island nation of Japan, where he became the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima since World War II. Although his gesture was seen as reconciliatory, he was immediately humiliated by the Japanese Prime Minister on live television.
As we previously reported, other nations have little respect for Obama, which was evident when he landed in Vietnam and was greeted by low-level government employees on the tarmac rather than the nation’s leader. Well, once again the lack of respect for the leader of the free world was on display again in Japan, where Prime Minister Shinza Abe berated Obama for the murder of a Japanese citizen by a member of the U.S. military, and Obama’s reaction is exactly why he receives so little respect.
Western Journalism has more:
If there was any question as to whether President Obama would be treated like an emperor during his visit to Japan, the answer is absolutely not.
No sooner had Air Force One touched down than the president received a tongue lashing by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
CBS News even titled the coverage of the incident “Japan’s Prime Minister Slams Obama For Okinawa Scandal,” a reference to murder of a Japanese woman at the hands of a Marine veteran who had been working at a U.S. military base in Okinawa.
Prime Minister Abe told Obama and reporters, “I, too, feel profound resentment when thinking of [the] fear and real disappointment of this victim. I am just speechless.” Abe called it a “self-centered and absolutely despicable crime.”
“The entire Japan was deeply shocked … such feelings of the Japanese people should be taken to heart,” Abe told Obama and added measures must be taken to prevent recurrence of such crimes.
Abe concluded the Okinawan people now have “strong sense of uneasiness about their security” as a result of the latest crime.
Appearing visibly shaken by the strong talk directed towards him, Obama called the crime appalling and said, “I think it’s important to point out the SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) does not in any way prevent the full prosecution and the need for justice under the Japanese legal system,” and promised to fully cooperate with the Japanese authorities to make sure the accused criminal is prosecuted.
The U.S. military presence in Japan has long since been a source of resentment by the Japanese towards the Americans, dating all the way back to World War II when the U.S. established permanent bases in post-war Japan. Over the years, thousands of crimes, often perpetrated by U.S. military personnel against Japanese women and girls, have aggravated the already tenuous presence the U.S. maintained.
While Japan has every right to condemn the murder of a Japanese woman by an American citizen, Obama was entirely too quick to cower to the Prime Minister after being humiliated on live television. In doing so, he showed his weakness as a leader and unwillingness to stand up for the brave men and women in our military, the majority of whom pose no threat to the people in Japan, despite the Prime Minister’s suggestion otherwise.